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You Know It Isn't "Good Cuisine" But You Like It Just the Same, So There!

There's a discussion on a local board about Golden Corral, and how bad the food is, teetering towards, "if you eat there the you possibly can't know anything about good food". I beg to differ, I find a few items I actually have enjoyed at the one location I've visited. I also love Jack In The Box Tacos, and White Castle Hamburgers. On the flip side, my favorite lunchtime restaurant near where I work is French, Balthazar in Soho, or near where I live O'lar in Piermont, both of those are on near the other end of the food chain spectrum, not a Per Se, of French Laundry but far enough up to get the point. What does this all mean? I don't know, but I have seen this attitude over the years on CH bubble up once in awhile. It's kind of frustrating, reminds me of being in High School where the "Cool" kids would pick on those they deemed not so "cool". Have you been ridiculed for a food choice? What was it? I just have to say, I know it isn't "great cuisine" I like it just the same, so there!

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  1. I've never been ridiculed for a food choice, but I do have some trashy indulgences:

    Rotel dip
    Taco Bell bean burritos with hot sauce
    Tacos made with a pack of supermarket taco seasoning

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    1. re: Tara57

      Oh, Taco Bell bean burritos with hot sauce. It's been way too long since I've had one of those!

      1. re: thingmaker

        Oh my. I ate a LOT of those in college. Dirt cheap. Filling. Delicious, in that Taco Bell bean burrito with hot sauce kinda way.

    2. I agree.

      Being able to enjoy all different kinds of food (from junk food to luxury food) has nothing to do with "knowing anything about good food" or having poor taste or an unsophisticated palate.

      IMO, people that suggest that -are attempting to elevate themselves "above the masses" in some way....and they are unaware that they look like dumb assess :)

      Cheetos rock.

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        1. re: Kris in Beijing

          Keep those jalapeno Cheetos away from me....'cause if you open 'em near me, I'll finish off the whole bag.

          1. re: ricepad

            I haven't seen them by me. Are they the puffed type? Sounds really good.

            1. re: michele cindy

              No, they're the 'crunchy' type. Not all the stores in my area sell them - the flaming hot variety is more common.

              1. re: ricepad

                The Flamin Hot are even more addicting :)

                1. re: fldhkybnva

                  Have you done a side-by-side?
                  When we did, we found that there were more flavours in the jalapeno Cheetos than the Flamin' -- which, when compared, seemed only one note, of good tasty heat, yet not very cheesy.

      1. I've never been ridiculed for a food choice, but I grew up eating the best pizza The Bronx could provide, and spending my pennies on White Castle hamburgers.

        During the time I lived and worked in Manhattan, I also experienced some of the finest food that city had to offer. In my travels I've lunched at Commander's Palace, dined on rijsttafel in Amsterdam, and enjoyed Dungeness Crab on the West Coast. I think I know good food, as most Chowhounds do.

        I still like a Five Guys burger, will roam through the Cajun country of Louisiana having plate after plate of "half & half" (crawfish étouffée and fried crawfish tails), and then come home to eat Chinese takeout or gorge on Cheetos. Yes, they really do rock, even if your fingers glow orange for a while.

        As an analogy, right now I'm listening to "La Traviata", when earlier today my car radio was blaring "One bourbon, one shot, and one beer".

        I've never eaten at a Golden Corral, but I'd be willing to believe if I found myself in one, I could find something worth eating. One meal will never define anyone.

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        1. re: mcsheridan

          Interesting you mention that tune "One bourbon, one shot, and one beer." It happens to be the theme song of a guy who does a program on cheap Izakaya drinking places here in Japan. The other theme song is "Bad, Bad Whiskey make me lose my happy home." Every program he gets pretty drunk.

              1. re: Silverjay

                You got it, Silverjay. Last time you were here I might have mentioned that I watch the show regularly.

              2. re: Tripeler

                may be reincarnation is for real and Justin Wilson is alive and well in Japan.

                1. re: genoO

                  Reincarnation of the Cajun J.W.?
                  Does he tell you how to measure a shot of whiskey every program?
                  [that would be my analogue to Jus-teen's tsp of salt]

            1. The original chowhound manifesto certainly embraced both the low brow and the high brow http://www.chow.com/manifesto

              I'll admit enjoying the infamous Grease Trucks in New Brunswick, NJ. Don't yuck my yum!

              On the other hand.... Golden Corral??!!!??? (just kidding... I think...)

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              1. re: drongo

                Thanks for the link, drongo. I don't think I've seen that before now.

                1. re: drongo

                  I love that Don't yuck my yum! I can see it on T-Shirts everywhere.

                  1. re: michele cindy

                    It should be a sticky on the GT and the HC boards. Might prevent some of the chattier threads like "I cannot possibly imagine eating x, can you?" et al in the same vein. Yawn.

                2. I love fast-food chicken. If KFC still offered their Hot'n'Spicy Extra Crispy (it was like CRACK!) I'd still be hitting them up at least once a week or so, but I do keep a list of who's got specials on which days. And of course let's not forget the Sausage and Egg McMuffin with the hash-brown cake tucked into it, so necessary for any early-morning road trip.

                  I love a good flat-grilled burger, flame-broiled not so much, and miss that tiny greasy spoon in Nashville where fried bologna was one of the breakfast meat choices, but diners in general are my natural habitat. That does not mean I'll avoid places where I can get escargots and stuff, but sometimes I just want something my mom would make. On a good day.

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                  1. re: Will Owen

                    I like that sort of thing too, and not ashamed. I was raised on a lot of home cooking, much of which I personally cooked starting as a small child, but there was a lot of poor food in there. Creamed chipped beef, bologna, and spam. A lot of greens and beans from the garden, and that spam tasted mighty good alongside.

                    I find it sort of interesting, actually, that some people who grew up like this will never eat those things again willingly (my ex, for example, would not touch bologna or spam) whereas I still like it, it's comfort to me. Sunday morning perfection is fried potatoes, fried bologna and an egg. With ketchup. It's luxurious, we only got two of the three at any one time when I was a kid, one protein per meal. And I get to eat whatever I want on Sunday now.

                    1. re: Teague

                      I am on a Spam kick lately. I buy the lower sodium to fool myself it's healthier.

                      1. re: Jerseygirl111

                        Reminds me of an old post of mine I just can't eat Spam, won't even try it. It will take someone to give me $20.00 to do it. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/572886

                        1. re: Jerseygirl111

                          I came to Spam late in life, but it was love at first bite. Salty,fatty -what's not to like?

                          1. re: Pwmfan

                            I have fear of Spam. Spamophobia. Is it anything like Taylor Ham? It looks a bit like it, just that it comes in a can. I lover Taylor Ham.

                      2. re: Will Owen

                        I hear you on the hot & spicy extra crispy KFC! Popeye's spicy chicken is very good, have you tried it? It's not especially crispy but has decent heat. :)

                        1. re: Will Owen

                          darn, now you went and made me start craving extra crispy kfc.